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明 徐敬 歲寒清白圖 軸
The Pure Whiteness of Winter

Artist:
Xu Jing (Chinese, active first half 15th century)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
dated 1441
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 58 7/8 x 30 in. (149.5 x 76.2 cm) Overall with mounting: 107 3/4 x 37 1/4 in. (273.7 x 94.6 cm) Overall with knobs: 107 3/4 x 41 1/4 in. (273.7 x 104.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.1.5
Not on view
Flowering through snow and cold, plum blossoms are popular symbols of court beauties and of reclusion; as such, they embody romance, tears, lost loves, and the eternal return of springtime. Xu Jing entitled his painting The Pure Whiteness of Winter, partaking of a tradition of imagery in poetry and painting that goes back one thousand years.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (2 columns in standard script)

正統辛酉五月望日清江徐敬為廣文王先生寫《嵗寒清白圖》。


Collectors’ seals

Unidentified
世齋清興
黄致敏堂

Illegible: 1
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